Tag: science

The Christian Feminist Podcast, Episode #140: Brave New World

Knowing Our experiences with the novel Neil Postman on why the novel is applicable to our lives Some historical background: Modernism, technology, governing social narratives, and bioethics Reading How this novel compares to other 20th-c. dystopias Sexuality divorced from reproduction The specter of Shakespeare and what books do for us What do they worship in…

Book of Nature, Ep. 38: The Challenges of COVID-19

In this episode, recorded in early May, Dan and Charles reflect on the first couple of months of disruption to academic lives, and otherwise, due to COVID-19. Listen to this episode here. For more on this topic, see our Christian Humanist Radio Network partners over at Sectarian Review for these two episodes: SR, Episode 146:…

Book of Nature, Ep. 36: Adventures in Abstract and Concrete Thought

In this episode, your three intrepid Book of Naturists held forth on the subject of Thought – in the ideas surrounding the differences between and complementary natures of Abstract and Concrete thinking.  This episode lurches between the ideas of Plato and Piaget, Kant and others – so sit down with a beverage of your choice…

Book of Nature, Ep. 32: Comets!

In this latest episode of Book of Nature (Recorded in mid-December, 2018) the Book of Nature trio discuss Comets, the “dirty snowballs” that are our periodically-visiting Solar System Neighbors.  Among our topics in this episode are: Comets as portents of doom, or as signs of blessings Our personal experiences with recent comets The orbital characteristics…

Booklets of Nature, Ep. 3: Mars Insight Lander

On November 26, 2018, NASA is expected to land its newest lander, known as Mars Insight – Insight stands for Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport.  The name indicates some of the primary scientific objectives of this newest lander.  Among the goals are studies of plate tectonics on Mars, transport of heat through…

Book of Nature, Ep. 31: Artificial Intelligence

In this episode, Charles Hackney hosts a discussion among the Book of Nature trio in which they explore the concept of artificial intelligence.  Artificial Intelligence today represents an incredibly active research field in the view of some, and absolute terror in the view of others.  While trying to skate on the boundary between this Scylla…

Book of Nature, Ep. 30: Psycho

In this episode, the Book of Nature co-host Charles Hackney, and the Christian Feminist Podcast’s Victoria Reynolds Farmer and Sara Klooster tackle the film that arguably is Alfred Hitchcock’s best and most profoundly disturbing: Psycho.  Regardless of whether one agrees that it is his best film, its influence on the genre of horror, and on…

Book of Nature, Ep. 29: Twister

In this episode, the Book of Nature guys tackle a movie that gave audiences nightmarish (yet comical) visions of flying cows – and gave birth in subsequent years to films starring whirlwinds full of sharks, ice, and bits of metal.  That movie, dear listeners, is 1996’s Twister, starring Bill Paxton and Helen Hunt.  In our discussion,…

Book of Nature, Ep. 24: CRISPR/CAS-9 and Gene Editing

In this episode, Dan and Todd, with the help of Sectarian Review’s Danny Anderson, take a peek at genetic editing, and in particular the CRISPR system, which is a hot topic in recent studies of genetics.  The trio consider the implications of CRISPR’s efficiency and supposed ease of use on human beings for both repair…

Booklets of Nature, Ep. 2: Falcon Heavy

On February 6, 2018, between 1:30pm and 4:30pm EST, SpaceX plans to launch its Falcon Heavy launch vehicle for the first time, after having successfully tested the rocket in a January 24 static engine test at Cape Canaveral.  For those not familiar with SpaceX, it is the rocket company founded by Elon Musk (perhaps better known…